A program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®

What Is a Bright Space?

Today, one in 30 children in the U.S. is homeless and one in 15 is exposed to domestic violence year after year. The repeated and prolonged exposure to those traumas can result in what’s known as toxic stress, a response that affects a child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development. Bright Spaces® are designed to help.

These safe, enriching, and nurturing spaces in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and other agencies give children and youth in crisis the important room to:

  • Build caring relationships
  • Heal from trauma through play
  • Experience the joy of childhood

Created by volunteers and organizations in partnerships with the shelters and agencies in which they’re built, Bright Spaces provide unique hubs for children to play, gather with families, and get the services they need.

Our goal with Bright Spaces is to give children the opportunities they deserve to develop resilience, form stronger bonds with their families and other caring adults, and strengthen their self-concept and self-esteem. We strive to promote healing, offer nurturing and stimulating activities, and provide a stable, enriching environment for each and every child who walks through our doors.